Hilton Anchorage gets $15M refit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Hilton Hotels Corp. completed a yearlong renovation of the 600-room Hilton Anchorage last month.

Hilton said the $15 million refurbishment of Alaska's largest hotel incorporated the use of bold colors and textures in rooms and public spaces that symbolize the state's diverse cultures.

"We were proud to invest in the future of Anchorage by renovating Alaska's largest hotel," said Robert Dirks, Hilton senior vice president of brand management and marketing.

"The extensive redesign and new amenities make the Hilton Anchorage an even better choice for the city's business and leisure travelers," he added.

As part of the renovation, the hotel added eight meeting rooms with a combined 6,000 square feet of space.

Each of the meeting rooms is equipped with high-speed Internet access and video- and teleconferencing equipment.

With the new meeting rooms, the property incorporates a combined total of 24,000 square feet of meetings space, with room for up to 950 guests.

A new business center located on the first floor near the new meetings space features personal work areas as well as computers with high-speed Internet access, fax machines, phones, copy machines and business supplies.

The hotel also created two new restaurants.

The Hooper Bay Cafe serves three meals a day and features two private dining areas for special functions.

The sports-themed Bruins Bar serves a variety of cocktails and microbrews.

Bruins Bar has become a popular meeting place for the afterwork crowd in downtown Anchorage, according to the hotel.

Guests who want to work off their meals can do so at the renovated fitness center, the indoor swimming pool or the massage-therapy studio.

The Hilton Anchorage, at 500 W. Third Ave., is a block from the Egan Convention Center and the Alaskan Railroad Station.

It also is seven miles from Ted Stevens Anchorage Airport and minutes from attractions such as the Portage Glacier and the Anchorage History and Art Museum.

For information or reservations, call (800) HILTONS or visit the hotel's Web site at www.anchorage.hilton.com.

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